‘Spearheading Debate: Culture Wars & Uneasy Truces’, with Steven Dubin ☆

—“As South Africa’s democracy matures, this book analyses the following
questions: how does the state mediate between traditional tribal authority
and constitutional law in matters such as initiation customs or the rights
of women, children and gay people? What are the limitations on artistic
freedom in a society where sensitivities over colonial- and apartheid-era
representations are acute? Whose histories are venerated and whose are
obliterated? How does race open up discussions or close down dialogue? What
are the parameters of freedom of speech when minorities fear that hateful
language may trigger actual violence against them? And do legacies of
oppression generate exclusive insights and grant special rights? Examining
disputes over South African art, music, media, editorial cartoons, history,
public memory, and a variety of social practices, “Spearheading
Debate” extends the culture-wars perspective to new territory, demonstrates its
cross-cultural applicability, and parses critical debates within this
vibrant society in formation.”

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